Consecutive Clause

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A consecutive clause , also known as a following clause , is a subordinate clause that specifies a consequence of the facts mentioned in the higher-order clause. The consecutive clause is traditionally counted among the adverbial clauses . Although the consecutive clause sometimes appears outwardly as a simple that-clause , it is to be distinguished from the content clause .

A consecutive clause comes after the main clause and is often followed by a preceding adverb such as B. so or so connected, to be set in the interior correlate forms. Such constructions often determine the degree to which a property is present based on the effect mentioned in the consecutive clause (see the first examples below). There are also sentences that are introduced with a compound conjunction : so that, so that, as that . The meaning is then - as in the penultimate example below - often that of a causal sequence of two facts. Occasionally, that alone can form a consecutive sentence, especially in the spoken language. A negative consecutive clause uses zu in front of an adjective or participle 2 in the main clause and introduces the subordinate clause with als that , whereby the verb of the subordinate clause is then in the subjunctive II (see penultimate example sentence). With the help of zu ..., um ... zu , a negative consecutive clause can also be formed: zu stands in front of an adjective or participle 2 in the main clause to introduce the subordinate clause in which the verb is in the infinitive that is too expanded (see last example sentence ) .


  • He is so sick that he has to see a doctor.
  • The motorcyclist drove so fast that he got off the road in the curve.
  • The stork flew so high that it could no longer be seen.
  • When he performed, he was so nervous that he forgot his lines.
  • He drove so fast that no one could overtake him.
  • The heat warms the air so that it escapes from the glasses.
  • With regard to database security, there have been too many lies to believe the network operators. (Negative consecutive clause with zu ... than that )
  • There are too many dangers on the internet to protect yourself from anyone. (Negative consecutive sentence with zu, um ... zu )